Opening Ceremony @ SL Sci-Fi Expo

That was a blast, literally! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only one of the biggest audiences I’ve had for one of my Gorean Whip Radio shows, but also one of the biggest audiences I’ve had in-world too. Of course, the flip-side of that was lag, and lots of it, to the point where I had to switch away from Firestorm to get my streamer controls to respond! But I soldiered through, and had a load of fun riffing off the crowd in front of me.

Benjamin Brougham, the organizer and lead for the Sci-Fi Expo, provided me with a list of songs he wanted to be played during the ceremony, plus a prepared speech to broadcast. (We’d discussed the possibility of doing that live over Discord, but given that I knew it would be laggy I suggested that he pre-record instead.) I filled around that playlist with my selection of themes from TV shows and films. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wasn’t expecting to have such a nice DJ booth, nor have a light-show to accompany it. Thanks to the Sci-Fi Expo team for arranging that. ๐Ÿ™‚

And this evening they dropped a new promo video for the event, which features the audio of the audio promo I created earlier this week for Gorean Whip Radio. ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, that’s my voice! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tracklisting:

  • The Clangers – Intro โ€” Smallfilms
  • Extended Intro (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) โ€” DJ Spitfire
  • Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: I. Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) โ€” Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
  • Star Wars Main Theme โ€” John Williams
  • Space Walk โ€” Silent Partner
  • Fun โ€” Selena Gomez
  • Wonder โ€” Shawn Mendes
  • Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks) โ€” Taylor Swift
  • The Final Countdown โ€” Europe
  • 2020 SL SciFi Expo – Opening Speech โ€” Benjamin Brougham
  • JUST STAND UP! โ€” Artists Stand Up to Cancer
  • Buck Rogers In the 25th Century โ€” The Daniel Caine Orchestra
  • Battlestar Galactica Theme โ€” Stu Phillips & Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • I Am the Doctor โ€” Murray Gold
  • Doctor Who – Clean Tom Baker Opening (1974) โ€” BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  • End Credits (from ‘Star Trek’) โ€” Jay Chattaway
  • Outro music (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) โ€” DJ Spitfire

2020 SL Sci-Fi Expo Starts Today :)

I’ve been a very busy alien the last few days! The 2020 Sci-Fi Expo is happening from the 14th to the 28th October, and Gorean Whip Radio is the official station for the event. In previous years it has been help around November / December time, so I was caught off-guard when Irish Breen informed me that it was happening this month! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

This year they’re raising money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

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Spiffy’s DJ Set @ BURN2 “The Multiverse”

As promised, here’s the audio recording of my DJ set from Saturday at BURN2 “The Multiverse”. There weren’t as many people this time, compared to my previous appearance at BURN2 VRC at the end of August, but the upside was that I could actually type in chat without horrible lag! ๐Ÿ˜›

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BURN2 “The Multiverse” Show Incoming!

Just a reminder that I’ll be DJ-ing today at BURN2 “The Multiverse” in Second Life, from 12pm to 2pm SLT (8pm to 10pm UK time).

Here is the link to the landing point if you’re in-world. Be advised that it could get very busy, so remove any scripted attachments, HUDs or other items that you don’t need before arrival.

If you can’t make it, you can tune in to my DJ stream here. I will also be streaming to Gorean Whip Radio, but as I’ll be squeezing in between two other shows there you might miss the start of my set. Never fear if you can’t listen live, I’ll be recording my show and posting it here tomorrow, along with tracklisting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Spiffy @ BURN2 VRC Week opening – 30/08/2020

As promised, here is the recording of my show from BURN2 which took place yesterday at 12pm SL Time.

I was the first act on after the opening, which was pretty cool. Sadly, I only had one hour to perform this time around, as the Fashionistas were doing their show at 1pm, but I continued broadcasting on Gorean Whip Radio after my set time was up.

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Heading to Virtual Black Rock City this Sunday!

Greetings Burn2 VRC Week Performer, We are so happy to have you as a performer. I am confirming your date and time: 8/30 - NOON - Spiffy Voxel - DJ Spitfire
Screenshot from confirmation email ๐Ÿ™‚

Sooo… last week I got confirmation from the organizers at Burn2 in Second Life that I’ve got a slot there this coming Sunday at 12pm SLT for the VRC Week event!

As with my previous performance at Burn2 last month, I’m planning on simulcasting across Second Life on Gorean Whip Radio, with the approval of station management. I’d normally be broadcasting at that time anyway, so no danger of conflict with other shows.

I’ve not yet finalised what I’ll play, but since it falls on August Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, when the Notting Hill Carnival would usually be taking place โ€” but not this year, thanks to Covid-19 โ€” I’ll try and fit in some reggae, ska and calypso. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re around in Second Life on Sunday, you’re welcome to drop by the Burn2 performance stage (note that they’re in the process of building currently, but feel free to have a look around.) Otherwise, you can tune in via Gorean Whip Radio (here’s the stream address), or wait until next week when I’ll upload and post the recording of my set.


In other news, I’ve been doing some more tweaking of my avatar. My search for a new deep blue skin has finally ended โ€” the appropriately named Peacock skin from CORE, which makes my rainbow spot tattoo and makeup really pop! I also found some new mesh eyes that I’m truly happy with, the Hypno from Venge. Unlike a lot of the others I’ve tried, these can be modified, so I could add some glow to them. Perfect for staring down haters and undesirables, or perhaps enthralling the unwary… muwahahahaha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Photo showing my latest avatar look
Look into my eyes… you are feeling very sleepy… you need to read more of my blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

You might notice that a few things are missing, namely my ears and antennae. The sad fact is that neither of those items support Bakes On Mesh, meaning it’s much more hassle to texture them, and I cannot apply any shine to them. So, I’ve ditched them for now. On the plus side that reduces my avatar complexity quite a bit, as does the removal of the need for an extra tattoo layer to hide the baked in fingernails and toenails from my previous skin.


That’s all the news for now. I have a review coming up for an alternative mesh body, which I’ll get done and posted later this week. And I’ll try and take some photos from Burn2 on Sunday to share with you all.

Peace and love, stay safe, and look after yourselves and each other! *mwahs*

Observer or Participant?

This post was prompted by a long piece that Pussycat Catnap wrote on her blog, Observer Fantasy vs Particapatory Fantasy; The role of perspective in how we shape our avatars and characters in SL and other online games.

Have you ever looked at your avatar and thought โ€œwell (s)he looks niceโ€ or some other third person observation? Or have you ever looked at thought โ€œwell, I look niceโ€?

Presuming for a second that your avatar actually did look nice to youโ€ฆ which of those two would be the most likely way for that thought to pop into your head?

In other wordsโ€ฆ are you observing your avatar or becoming your avatar?

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Spiffy @ Burnstock – 25/07/2020

This past Saturday, following my DJ show at Coghaven the previous day, I did a performance at BURN2 in Second Life as part of their Burnstock weekend, which was raising money towards supporting the region and funding their Big Burn in October.

Like many real-world events, the annual Burning Man had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. But its online arm, BURN2, has been picking up the slack with many virtual events throughout the year.

I’ve been to quite a few BURN2 events in Second Life over the past couple of years, but this was my first time performing there.

The screenshot below shows me at the front of the stage with the crowd dancing on the Playa. Behind me there were lots of stage lights and a big screen, you can make out some of the light beams above me.

DJ Spiffy performing at the Burnstock music stage at BURN2 in Second Life

The highlight of my show, however, was that I got to introduce these guys to the stage!

Goddess Oksana & Six Seconds To Russia, rawking out! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’ve never heard Goddess Oksana or her band Six Seconds To Russia performing in Second Life, you’re missing out โ€” they’re a full rock back jamming out from a studio in New York, doing covers of rock and pop songs in their own unique style. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the photo above, Oksana is flanked by Lars and Tomas. Behind her, Gunter is on the drums, Tatty and Mariko are on keyboards, and Svetlana is on the saxaphone. I go to their shows whenever I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

Below is the recording of my set. I went with a mix of techno, house and assorted electronica. It’s a little bit shorter than normal, as I needed to make sure I finished on time, and you’ll hear me hop off stage early so that SSTR could set up their equipment on the stage.

Tracklist:

Digeridoo โ€” The Aphex Twin
Clear โ€” Cybotron
Lowride โ€” Autechre
Let’s Get Brutal โ€” Nitro Deluxe
Cobolt โ€” Jeff Mills
Tribal Confusion (Inhalation Mix) โ€” E-Culture
Aftermath โ€” Nightmares On Wax
Time to Find Me (Afx Fast Mix) โ€” Seefeel
Drill โ€” Speedy J
Phlax โ€” Jega
From Beyond โ€” Psyche
Technology โ€” Carl Craig
Think City โ€” Luke Slater
Flash Food โ€” Infiniti
The Warning โ€” Suburban Knight
Operation Costs โ€” Lusine
We Are Back โ€” LFO
You Could Feel The Sky โ€” Boards of Canada
Blade Runner (End Titles) โ€” Vangelis

Spiffy @ City of Coghaven – 24/07/2020

The City of Coghaven, a gathering point for robotic and doll avatars and the people who enjoy their company, is celebrating its 11th anniversary with a week of events. I was asked if I could DJ on the opening day of the celebration last Friday by Silverrain Sucettes, the CEO and owner of the region.

It’s an area that I’m familiar with, even as it has changed and moved across the SL Grid a few times over the years. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sadly, I wasn’t able to take any pictures during the event โ€” due to the number of cybernetic and doll avatars present, I was battling lag just DJ-ing, chatting and finding song requests!

[For those unfamiliar with Second Life, many people use scripted devices attached to their avatars to enhance their roleplay experience. These devices allow for the modification of avatar’s speeech and movement, as well as their control by others.]

If you’d like to have a look around the celebration area, start here at the entrance to Sucette Airlines HQ. You have a few more days before the celebration winds down.

The recording of my DJ set is below. I took quite a few song requests, which are shown in italics. I chose a mix of sci-fi songs, mashups and general silliness. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tracklist:

Happy Birthday โ€” Altered Images
Whole Lotta Sex Machine โ€” James Brown vs Led Zeppelin
Somebody To Praise (lobsterdust mashup) โ€” Jefferson Airplane vs. Fatboy Slim
Spins like teen spirit – Mashup by FAROFF โ€” Nirvana vs Dead or Alive
Tainted Jesus (lobsterdust mashup) โ€” Soft Cell vs. Depeche Mode
She Said ‘Burn’ โ€” The Temptations and Deep Purple
The Lone Slim Shady โ€” Caravan Palace vs. Eminem (Mashup)

Mr. Roboto โ€” Styx
Automatic Lover โ€” Dee D Jackson
Lithium Flower โ€” Scott Matthew
Living in a Box โ€” Living In a Box

Blitz โ€” Die Alten Maschinen
The Saga Begins โ€” Weird Al Yankovic
Call Me Maybe โ€” Sam Tsui
Star Trekkin’ โ€” The Firm
Iron Man โ€” The Cardigans

Rick Astley Will Never Ever Gonna Give You Up โ€” AVICII vs Rick Astley
Skynet โ€” MASTER BOOT RECORD
Rick With You โ€” Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley
Broken System โ€” Jarkko Rotsten
Kathy’s Song (Come Lie Next To Me) โ€” Apoptygma Berzerk

Wonderwall Of Broken Dreams (Mashup) โ€” Green Day vs Oasis
Sweet Dreams vs. W outME by DJ Zebra โ€” Eminem Vs. Eurythmics
Stayin’ in Black (The Bee Gees + AC DC Mashup) โ€” Wax Audio
Tricky Sandman โ€” Run DMC vs. Metallica

Help Me Dr. Dick โ€” E-Rotic
Ding Dong Song โ€” Gรผnther
Unicorn โ€” Bel Canto
Take Over Control (feat. Eva Simons) โ€” Afrojack
The Dildo Song โ€” Robert D Brookes
House Of The Rising Sun (1993, Unreleased) โ€” Tiny Tim
Love Me Tender โ€” The Human Leg
Allnight rave (2000) โ€” The Gasman
Trapped (Hell Interface Remix) โ€” Colonel Abrahams